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post #11 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 09:45 AM
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Get what you are comfortable with. Some people just prefer taller horses while others prefer shorter horses. You could go smaller just fine, though.

My husband is 6'4 and he rides a 15.3 hand draft cross and a 16.1 TB. Since the draft cross is wider he actually looks bigger than the TB in pictures. I'm 5'8-5'9 and ride stocky short guys from 13.3 on up. The 16.1 TB is the max height I like to be on and I only ride her because she is so good. Other 16 or so hand horses I'm not as comfortable on.

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post #12 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 07:42 PM
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I'm 5'8" according to my last measurement, and this pony is 14.2hh - go figure. He has a huge barrel and really takes up your leg.

Like you, I feel more comfortable on taller horses - long, leggy thoroughbreds are my downfall, 17hh is my perfect height for that.

If you find a horse you're happy on that's a bit smaller but can comfortably take your weight, then go for it!

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post #13 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 01:01 AM
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For what it's worth, my partner is 6 feet tall, and adores riding our 15.2hh clydie cross:
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 11:23 AM
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I'm a long-legged 5' 9 3/4" and agree that it depends on the overall build, not just height, of the horse. I've felt too big on a narrow 16.2hh TB, and just fine on a stocky 14.2hh quarter horse.

I wouldn't discount a horse based on height alone, but get whatever YOU feel comfortable riding. I always assumed I would like tall horses best, but all my favorite mounts have been under 15.2.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 11:58 AM
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For me its all about the width of the rib cage. I couldnt care less about height(except that taller= harder to get on, so I like to stay under 16hh)

I'm 5'4", with a 31" inseam. I feel great on my BO's 16.3hh big bodied thoroughbred mare, as well as plenty of shorter(but wider) horses. I used to ride a 14hh morgan all the time that I felt great on.

my current mare is amazing in every way, we are perfectly suited, EXCEPT she is so narrow. 15hh, but in a 28" cinch, It feels kind of like strapping my saddle to the narrow side of a 2x4. That still bothers me about her.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 04:28 PM
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Majority of horses that are classed as being 17 hands, if correctly measured with a proper measuring stick, are hardly 16 hands and, a 16 hand horse is a big horse.

Another factor to be taken into consideration is that more horses that are over 16.2 are more likely to get leg and wind problems.

I have had many horses that people would say were 17 h. bit were no bigger than 16.1.

As for me, I will ride anything from 13.2 +. I have been known to get on tiny ponies that were being mean to their little riders. I am 5'9"

Big horses can be harder to hold together correctly. Often a well built 15.2 will take more leg (of the rider) than a narrow 16.2.

It is never good to be height fixated!

William Fox Pitt is 6'5" yet he rides in top events 16.2 horse and does not look wrong on them.
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-19-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I tried my friends 15.2 Thoroughbred, she was wayy too small. I then tried her 13 hand stocky Fjord and he was perfect. I suppose, as everyone has been saying, its got to do with their build, not just their height :)
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